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Two Choral Songs, Op 73

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A translation of Maykov provides the words of the first Opus 73 song, Love’s Tempest. Each verse begins quietly and slowly before a great outburst allegro con fuoco, representing first a storm at sea, and then a ‘tumult’ in the poet’s heart created by a mental image of his loved one. The song’s companion, Serenade, has a repetitive refrain, ‘Dreams all too brief, Dreams without grief, Once they are broken, come not again’; ideal for a composer preoccupied with dreams, and whose precarious emotional equilibrium was being constantly threatened.

from notes by Geoffrey Hodgkins © 1998


Elgar: Choral Songs
CDA67019Archive Service
Elgar: Go, song of mine & other choral works
SIGCD315Download only
Elgar: The complete choral songs
CDA66271/22CDs Archive Service


No 1: Love's Tempest  Silent lay the sapphire ocean
Track 9 on CDA66271/2 CD2 [3'28] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 13 on CDA67019 [2'49] Archive Service
Track 19 on SIGCD315 [3'02] Download only
No 2: Serenade  Dreams all too brief
Track 10 on CDA66271/2 CD2 [1'45] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 14 on CDA67019 [1'34] Archive Service
Track 20 on SIGCD315 [2'03] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDA66271/2 disc 2 track 9

Love's Tempest
Recording date
26 March 1987
Recording venue
The Chapter House, Worcester Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Elgar: The complete choral songs (CDA66271/2)
    Disc 2 Track 9
    Release date: December 1987
    2CDs Archive Service
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